Details in gunbattle for Oklahoma fugitive revealed

The Associated Press and The Tulsa World - January 13, 2017 10:58 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper says his goal was to put a fugitive on the defensive when he fired at the suspect through the windshield of his patrol vehicle during a vehicle pursuit.

The Tulsa World ( ) reports Trooper Brian Costanza, a nearly 15-year veteran, joined the pursuit of Michael Dale Vance Jr. on Oct. 30 in Custer County. The manhunt for the 38-year-old Vance began Oct. 23 after he allegedly killed two relatives and shot two police officers in central Oklahoma.

Costanza says he caught up with Vance’s vehicle after being notified that a Dewey County sheriff had been shot and wounded.

Dash camera video shows Vance and Costanza exchanging gunfire during the pursuit. Vance was killed in the gunbattle with authorities.

An autopsy report says Vance died from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Information from: Tulsa World,


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